Tips on Making Groceries Last

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Published April 9, 2020

Perishable foods are the main focus herevegetables, fruits, meats/fish/poultry, and dairy products.  (Shelf stable items like beans, GF grains, and nuts have much longer – but not indefinite – shelf lives.) 

Both quality and safety are considerations when determining how long foods can be kept. We’re all trying to stretch things out, but keep in mind there is a limit on how long perishable foods will stay safe in the refrigerator, so either consume or freeze if not using within that time frame. 

Here’s a comprehensive website* where you can find out how long things last in the refrigerator, freezer, or pantry. Fourteen categories cover everything from baby food to seafood to deli and prepared foods. 

*Run by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services of the federal government 


Making the most of things before freezing 



General tips: Separate items into portion sizes you’ll want to thaw. Wrap well.  Label & date. Liquids: leave space for expansion.